January 11, 2001
Norwegian Cruise Line, which pioneered the innovative “Freestyle Cruising” concept among big-ship companies, continues to extend the program throughout its fleet. The latest to adopt “Freestyle Cruising,” is Norwegian Sea, which sails three- and four-day itineraries from Miami to the Bahamas and Key West. NCL says it will complete the retrofitting of existing ships, including Norway, by summer, and is incorporating “freestyle” design into its new builds.
Specifically, the freestyle program on the Norwegian Sea consists of components such as open-seating dining, “resort casual” dress codes that eliminate “formal night” ritual and a relaxed debarkation schedule, where passengers have until 10 a.m. to “check out.”